Audio Katha Gopal-campu, Vastra Harana Lila - Prabhuji 23 Mar 2020

Gopal-campu, Vastra Harana Lila – Prabhuji 23 Mar 2020

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The Seva Kunj Pujari and Srila Gurudeva's Pastime Translated

Here is the translation of the interview with Candra Mohan Prabhu, the pujari in Sri Seva Kunj, who received the instruction from Srimatiji Herself to bring Her prasada to Srila Gurudeva, who was present in Gopinatha Bhawan during the month of Kartik. This translation was kindly done by Radhacharan Das.

Sri Apara Ekadasi

We will now hear some of Ekadasi-devi’s pastimes. We will hear how she gives the souls her blessings, mercy, and grace. She empowers her followers with devotion for her worshipable Lord. In the Srimad Bhagavatham, the life of Kardama Rsi is described. He engaged in many austerities. Practicing excruciating forms of tapa, japa, and dhyana, he would enter Samadhi. Seeing his sons wander, Brahma cleverly had them bound and arrested. How did he have them bound?..

Ekadasi Can Fulfill All Desires

We must follow Ekadasi under the guidance of pure Vaisnavas, and also perform kirtana under such guidance. If you are doing bhakti, that is okay. But if he is under the guidance of a devotee who has relation with Vraja, who has Vraja-bhakti, who is rasika, knowing all tattvas, that pure devotee can remove all doubts and can put Radha, Krsna, and Mahaprabhu in your heart. Under the guidance of this calibre of Vaisnava, be always in Vrndavana, and always chant and remember. Both at the same time, chant the holy name of Krsna and remember the pastimes related to that name...

Remedy – Bhagavad Gita

When the conditioned souls have lost everything and are in the most dire condition, Kṛṣṇa helps them by sharing His six opulences. If His devotees are very poor and suffering, Kṛṣṇa will give wealth. Then they think, "Oh God is helping me." If they are weak or devoid of any strength, God will give the power to come back to Him. If no one respects or likes them, God will make them famous. God will give a portion of His glory and make whoever He so desires glorious. Then people will respect that person and he will think, "I now am a great personality." God may give śrī; beauty, meaning all good qualities. God also gives spiritual knowledge to defeat everything mundane. Then one will understand what is good and bad for him. If God doesn't give strength, energy and good intelligence then one will never understand that what he has done is bad for him. If God bestows spiritual knowledge, one will understand what is bad and will not act wrongly or go to wrong places...

MAKING THE HEART SOFT AND SWEET

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 8.70 Rāmānanda Rāya continued, “As long as one is hungry and thirsty, all sorts of food and drink bestow pleasure. Similarly, even if a devotee worships the Supreme Lord, the friend of the distressed, with many different kinds of paraphernalia, only when the worship is done with prema, will the devotee become happy by heart.”

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